November 3 Weekly Brief!

Don't miss a fun evening of networking and great discussion at our Monthly Mixer next Wednesday, November 9th!


Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about us, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues. Join us on 11/9 at Free Range Brewing from 6:00pm - 7:30pm!

At 6:30, our program will begin and you'll hear from our Gold Partner, The Center for Intentional Leadership! 

There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed, including children and dogs!


Bogota, a sprawling auto-dominated city of 8 million people, needs more sustainable transportation choices! 

Can Charlotte learn from Colombia, South America?

Last Wednesday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed the 1811 Act. This law aims to encourage the use of bicycles as the main means of transportation in the country, increase the mode share of bicycle trips, and mitigate the environmental impact of motor vehicle use.

It's also a law that comes with powerful incentives for residents to switch to a two-wheeled commute!

Click here to learn more from this blog written by Marcela Falquez, Executive Director of ID Social in Bogota, Colombia. Sustain Charlotte has had the pleasure to host Marcela this past month through the U.S. Department of State's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative!



We're hiring!

We are currently seeking an experienced, effective community organizer with a passion and talent for creating alliances and partnerships to grow the use of bicycles for transportation throughout Greater Charlotte!

We envision and are working to build a positive culture of bicycling, and a connected network of safe bike facilities that will make it possible for residents of all ages and abilities to safely ride a bike to the places they need to go.

Click here to learn more about this opportunity and how to apply!

Local residents like you play a critical role in ensuring we have the resources to carry out our work in the community to inspire choices that lead to a healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come!
 Click below to be the change and become a sustaining member today!

*Membership at the $5/month level includes a free Sustain Charlotte T-shirt (made of 100% recycled material by our Gold Partner Recover)!*



Now's the time to get informed on NC House and Senate candidates' views on cycling! 

In partnership with and Bike Law NC, we created Vote4BikesThis enables our state representatives to understand how important bicycling is to so many of us and to educate voters about candidates’ positions on issues important to us. 

If the many thousands of people who enjoy riding in this state use this site to aid their election choices, we will make a difference! Click here to see your candidates' views on bicycling!


Here’s how the Cross Charlotte Trail will connect Park Road Shopping Center to Tyvola [CharlotteFive]

"When the Cross Charlotte Trail was first proposed, it was billed as an unbroken 26-mile trail, stretching from Pineville to University City. But now, using existing county greenways and by building a connection to the McMullen Creek Greenway in south Charlotte, the trail network will stretch nearly 40 miles — or more — through Charlotte when it’s complete. The city estimates that more than 170,000 people would live within walking distance of the completed trail." We're thrilled that the Cross Charlotte Trail is addressing social sustainability by giving 170,000+ area residents walking and cycling access to recreation, jobs, and educational opportunities!

Bicycle Equity: Fairness and Justice in Bicycle Planning and Design [] 

"A safe, strong, biking and walking community produces significant social gains – reducing health disparities, significantly lowering household transportation expenses, creating jobs and providing access to employment, lowering air and noise pollution, reducing mental health problems, and reducing violence by improving social cohesion. When people are excluded from being stakeholders in policy-making and infrastructure planning, they end up with less access to safe cycling, and are in turn denied its social gains. The tragic irony of the situation is that the communities who could benefit the most from cycling are the same communities being neglected in the planning process." We partner with diverse neighborhoods to work on equitable transportation solutions that will safely connect all people throughout our city!

50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets [Spaces to Places Blog]

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) "has initiated an effort to encourage the planning and development of more walkable communities where residents can walk, bike and take public transit to destinations. Walkable communities reflect the basics of Placemaking in that they create places where people want to live and visit. They give communities a 'sense of place.'" We encourage you to think of other reasons why YOU want more walkable streets!


* NOVEMBER 9: Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer * 

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Free Range Brewing, 2320 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205. Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking! Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about us, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues. At 6:30, our program will begin and you'll hear from our Gold Partner, The Center for Intentional Leadership! There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed.


November 5: Free Learn to Ride Event

11:00am to 1:00pm @ the Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, 28210. 

This event is geared to kids (of all ages!) and parents of kids, who want to learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels. Learn to Ride events draw more than 150 participants, friends, and family, and require LOTS of volunteers! It’s fun, easy to do, incredibly rewarding - and zero bike experience is required. Click here to learn more!

November 19: KeenDog Launch Party

5:00pm - 9:00pm @ Three Spirits Brewery, 5046 Old Pineville Rd, Charlotte 28217.

Join the KeenDog team to celebrate the official launch of the company and also give back to our community! Proceeds from the evening's event will be donated to Sustain Charlotte and Operation Sidekick! There will be food, drinks, desserts, live music, raffle, doggie demos and more! Please join us to show your support! (Note: they ask that you don't bring your dog to this event.) Click here to learn more.


We're happy to announce that National Gypsum has renewed their Sustain Charlotte Partnership at the Gold level! We're proud to have their support of our mission and your community!


Last week our staff joined our partner Integra Design Group in celebrating the opening of their Charlotte office! 

Click here to read their blog post capturing launch event highlights!


Is your company interested in joining the Sustain Charlotte Partner Network? Our generous partners play a critical role in supporting our work. Through our corporate membership program, we provide year-round brand exposure, positive publicity, and business development opportunities to those businesses and nonprofits that are helping make our community more sustainable through their products, services, or commitment to move their organization towards greater sustainability. Become a partner today!



Free Range Brewing - TreeCycle America - Wooden Robot Brewery


#thesavageway - Alfred Williams & Company - Alta Planning + Design - Belk - Boingo Graphics - The Center for Intentional Leadership - Charlotte Magazine - DPS Construction - Environmental Window Solutions - Epic Capital Wealth Management - Logan Community Music School - National Gypsum - New Belgium Brewing - Optima Engineering - Packard Place - Pinckney Marketing - Recover - S&D Coffee & Tea - Triple C Brewing


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